Man Sentenced to Stoning in Iran’s Northern City
A man has been sentenced to the punishment of stoning in the northern Iran province of Ghaemshahr. The Bolagh news website wrote that Head of the Ghaemshahr Judiciary in Mazandaran Province issued the stoning ruling.
“This offender has committed all kinds of crimes, including adultery, rape, possession of several pieces of firearms and cold weapons, as well as weapons of war, and possession of alcoholic beverages and satellite equipment,” Bolagh quoted Seyed Javad Borhani, Head of the Ghaemshahr Judiciary.
Borhani told Bolagh that in his ruling, the suspect was twice sentenced to death, once by hanging and again by stoning, and 15 years in prison. “The [judicial] review of this 32-year-old suspect’s case can be viewed as one of the most important actions of the Ghaemshahr Judiciary, which was in progress at the Provincial Criminal Court since last year,” he added.
Stoning is considered a cruel and inhumane punishment. United Nations human rights bodies and numerous international human rights organizations have asked the Iranian Judiciary to discontinue issuing cruel and inhumane sentences such as limb amputation, flogging, and stoning.